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In Recognition Of Colonel Rocky Mcpherson May 19, 2016
Tom Rooney, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the distinguished career of retired Marine Colonel Rocky McPherson, who is retiring after 50 years of service to our nation and the state of Florida. Upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1966, Rocky was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and began his military career with a ground combat tour in Vietnam. After one year as an infantry officer he transitioned into the aviation community and is the only Marine officer with both ground and aviation combat tours during the Vietnam War. During Rocky’s continued military service, he commanded the Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 121 aboard the USS Ranger, the Marine Air Training Support Group at Whidbey Island, Washington, and served as the Chief of Staff, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. His final assignment before retiring from the Marine Corps was at Marine Corps Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Manpower Division. Rocky then served as the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where he oversaw the most significant expansion of state veterans’ nursing homes in decades, led department efforts to support Florida’s returning severely wounded service members, and spearheaded plans to design and build the Florida World War II Memorial and monument—a replica of the larger monument located here in Washington, D.C. His personal and professional dedication to improving services for Florida’s veterans has made a tremendous and lasting impact on the lives of over 1.5 million veterans and their family members in Florida. Most recently, Rocky has used his talents to advance the mission of Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders that aims to encourage economic development in the state of Florida. As the organization’s Vice President for Military and Defense Programs, Rocky has worked to protect, preserve, and improve Florida’s military installations, as well as the communities surrounding those bases. Rocky’s unparalleled experience and knowledge of military and defense issues have made him both a leader at the national level and an invaluable resource for Governors, State Legislators, and local defense community leaders across the state. Mr. Speaker, I thank Colonel Rocky McPherson for the duty and honor he has consistently displayed throughout his 17 years of outstanding service to the state of Florida. We are truly better off because of his hard work, and I wish Rocky, his wife of 34 years Connie, their children Ashley, Nathan and Courtney, and their grandson, Jack all the best in the years to come."
Tribute To Colonel John J. Lindsay May 16, 2016
Martha Roby, R-AL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to Colonel John J. Lindsay for dedicating 28 years of honorable service to the United States Army. John and his family’s devotion, sacrifice, and commitment to the Nation is worthy of praise and recognition. A native of New York, John was commissioned into the United States Army as a second lieutenant after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1988. He is a combat proven leader and a highly skilled AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot. John is a true professional and scholar, earning a Bachelor of Science in National Security from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship Program. Upon entrance into the Armed Forces, Colonel Lindsay attended the aviation officer basic course and initial entry rotary wing flight training at Fort Rucker in the 2nd Congressional District of Alabama that I proudly represent. Throughout John’s career in Army aviation, he served in a range of assignments from the platoon level to the Department of the Army headquarters staff. His initial assignment was as an aeroscout platoon leader in the Republic of Korea with the 5-501st Attack Helicopter Battalion, 17th Aviation Brigade. He continued to his second overseas assignment in Wiesbaden, Germany with 5-6 Cavalry Squadron, 12th Aviation Brigade. During his tenure with the 12th Aviation Brigade, he served as squadron liaison officer and squadron adjutant. He later served as the assistant squadron operations officer and headquarters troop Commander in 6-6 Cavalry Squadron, based in Illesheim, Germany."
100Th Anniversary Of The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps At The University Of Oregon May 16, 2016
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"The ROTC program we know today traces its roots to the National Defense Act of 1916, a bill signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson barely a year before the United States entered World War I. Like many other university administrators of the day, Prince Lucien Campbell, the University of Oregon’s president at the time, was a supporter of the program. President Campbell established the first ROTC curriculum at the University of Oregon, placing a retired British military officer—the appropriately named Lieutenant Colonel John Leader—in charge. More than 100 students participated in the first drill in March 1916."
Honoring United States Air Force Colonel Douglas J. Schwartz’S Distinguished Military Career May 13, 2016
Jackie Walorski, R-IN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize United States Air Force Colonel Douglas J. Schwartz and honor him for a decorated career serving our nation."
Unleashing America’S Economic Potential May 13, 2016
Ryan Zinke, R-MT
"Rear Admiral Losey relieved an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel of his duties as Director of Personnel and Administration (J1 Director). This officer was responsible for the processing of awards and evaluations for service members assigned or conducting duties in support of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), and was delinquent in the processing of over 300 awards and evaluations spanning a timeframe greater than two years."

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